Other Facts About Titling and Registering Your Boat
A Certificate of Number is valid for two years unless issued in an odd numbered year, when it is valid for one year.
The Certificate of Ownership is your evidence of title to the vessel, and should therefore be kept in a safe place. The reverse side of the Certificate of Ownership is an application for transfer of ownership.
Upon registration, your vessel may be subject to a use tax based on the purchase price, if acquired out-of-state or from a private party.
You are required to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles whenever any of the following takes place:
The vessel is destroyed or abandoned. Notice must be given within 15 days and be accompanied by the Certificate of Number and Certificate of Ownership.
The owner’s address has changed. Notice must be given within 15 days.
The vessel is sold. Notice must be provided within five calendar days and include the date of sale, a description of the vessel, and the name and address of the new owner.
Larger recreational vessels, owned by U.S. citizens, may (at the option of the owner) be documented with the U.S. Coast Guard. Call the USCG’s Documentation Center at 1-800-799-8362 for more information. Documented vessels must have the vessel’s name and hailing port displayed on the stern above the waterline.